bore to death

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bore (one) to death

To cause one to be extremely bored, to the point of distraction, frustration, or irritation. Today's lecture bored me to death.
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bore to death

Also, bore to tears or bore stiff or bore the pants off. Weary someone through extremely dull talk or uninteresting action. For example, Sam was bored stiff by the opera but didn't dare to admit it, or Carol bores the pants off me with her constant talk of remodeling, or His books bore me to death. All four expression convey the idea of such exasperation that one dies, weeps, stiffens with annoyance, or has one's trousers removed. The verb bore has been used in this sense only since about 1750, and its etymology is unknown. The amplifications were added between about 1850 and 1950. Also see under pants off; talk one's arm off.
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I shall continue to bore the pants off people until such time as someone assures me beyond any doubt that my scheme will not work.
The warm and mutually supportive social relationships which the oldies remember - and sometimes we bore the pants off you by going on about it - began to re-emerge in front of our very eyes.
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Don't accept invitations to social events you know will bore the pants off you.
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When it was elected it seemed Tony Blair's Labour was never going to go the way of the Tories and bore the pants off everyone.
It's the kind of event that if it were happening on the other side of the world, you'd make a special trip to see it and then bore the pants off your pals about how wonderful it was.
BOLTON boss Sam Allardyce is expecting Middlesbrough to come to The Reebok and bore the pants off everyone in a desperate bid to stop a slide.
"Sorry, you bore the pants off me," might be precisely how you feel, but it's hardly the kindest of remarks.
Taylor sat ever so proudly next to his new best mate, Michel Platini, in a room inside the wonderful St Jakob Park Stadium, then they proceeded to bore the pants off the watching public.